In the world of exquisite pairings, few things rival the perfection of whiskey and chocolate. Recognizing this timeless union, Woodford Reserve, the renowned Kentucky bourbon brand, has embarked on a delectable journey with Compartés, a distinguished gourmet chocolate purveyor. The result? A tantalizing four-piece chocolate collection inspired by the rich and complex flavor profile of Woodford Reserve's Double Oaked Bourbon – a culinary masterpiece just in time for the romantic allure of Valentine’s Day.
Master Distiller Elizabeth McCall of Woodford Reserve joined forces with Compartés Chocolatier Jonathan Grahm to curate an exclusive, limited-edition chocolate assortment. The collaboration marries the artistry of Compartés' small team of chocolatiers in Los Angeles with the meticulous selection and craftsmanship of Woodford Reserve's Double Oaked Bourbon, a expression that undergoes a secondary maturation in heavily toasted and lightly charred barrels for an enhanced burst of oak, vanilla, and caramel.
Each chocolate in this bespoke collection is a work of art, meticulously handcrafted to accentuate specific tasting notes found in Woodford Reserve Double Oaked. As you embark on a journey of flavors, savor the following chocolate masterpieces:
- Butterscotch Chocolate: Elevating the butterscotch notes, this chocolate creation seamlessly intertwines with the bourbon's roasted coffee essence. The result is a harmonious marriage reminiscent of chocolate-covered espresso beans.
- Pear Nutmeg Chocolate: A dance of flavors unfolds as this chocolate highlights the sharp cedar, pepper spice, and dark raisin character inherent in Double Oaked, creating an exquisite experience for the palate.
- Oak Smoked Salt Caramel Chocolate: A symphony of sensations begins with the salt, followed by herbal tea and tobacco notes, culminating in a dry cocoa finish. A chocolate journey that mirrors the wood and spice notes of Double Oaked.
- Maple Pecan Chocolate: Celebrating the sweet brown sugar and maple notes, this chocolate creation encapsulates the sweet oak and nutty pecan, almond, and walnut flavors present in Double Oaked. A sweet symphony for the senses.
To fully immerse yourself in the decadence of this collaboration, the chocolates are available as a bundle with a bottle of Woodford Reserve Double Oaked, allowing you to embark on a dual adventure of satisfying your sweet tooth and quenching your thirst simultaneously.
It's worth noting that while these exquisite chocolates are inspired by the flavors of Woodford Reserve Double Oaked, they do not contain Woodford Reserve Bourbon. Each piece of chocolate is a testament to the dedication and passion invested by both Compartés and Woodford Reserve in creating an unparalleled sensory experience.
In conclusion, as Valentine’s Day approaches, there is no better way to express love and appreciation than with the luxurious combination of Woodford Reserve's Double Oaked Bourbon and these meticulously crafted Compartés chocolates. Indulge your senses and embark on a journey of flavor, where bourbon and chocolate intertwine in a symphony of delight. Cheers to love, whiskey, and the art of culinary collaboration.